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Strike causes chaos today at Frankfurt Airport

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Airport security personnel walk out for the day

So far more than 40 flights have been cancelled at Frankfurt Airport today, the result of a security personnel strike. The union Verdi says the strike will last until 23:00.

“There have been 41 cancellations,” said a spokesman for airport operator Fraport.

This includes 35 Lufthansa flights. More flights may be axed during the day, the spokesman added, and long delays are expected.

Verdi wants a standard hourly pay rate of €16 for security employees in the state of Hesse, but employers have offered only €10 to €13 per hour. Security staff in other states get up to €15, the union said. But the Federal Association of the Security Industry argues that the demands are unrealistic and cannot be met. A meeting between the two sides is scheduled for March 5.

Deutsche Welle

[photo courtesy Fraport AG]

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